Winter Escape

All of us can get cabin fever with the cold winter days upon us. Your pet dog can get it too! If your thoughts are turning to warm summer breezes and sunsets over San Diego Bay, consider taking your pet with you. Your dog can use the exercise and sunshine to stay healthy. Pacific Beach is a great place for your pet. It has miles of glorious sand overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

For sightseeing, be sure to add Coronado Island to your schedule. Coronado Island is on a peninsula across the bay near downtown San Diego. It is home to the famous Hotel del Coronado. This family-oriented island with its quaint coves and tide pools is very popular with vacationers. There is lots to do and explore. The Old Town Trolley circles around San Diego Bay stopping at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and the Seaport Village shops amongst other places. If you wish to sail across San Diego Bay, take the gondola ride or the ferry ride.

There are pet-friendly hotels in downtown San Diego near the 4.3 acre waterfront park along the bay. Both the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, and Hotel Indigo(which has partnered with the San Diego Humane Society) are highly reccommended places to stay. The Bayfront has breath-taking views of the bay. In the afternoon, walk your dog in the waterfront park near your hotel, or take a 8 mile drive north of downtown San Diego to Pacific Beach where your dog can splash in the ocean. Dine and shop at the famous Gaslamp Quarter. Before traveling, check and make sure that your dog carrier, like the Pet-A-Scope carrier, is airline-friendly. Some dog carriers can be adapted for car rides too. For your convenience, have your pet carry its own water bottle and food in a dog back pack. Most dogs can carry one fourth of their body weights. Do a few short training walks using a 6 to 8 foot retractable dog leash to get an idea of your pet’s abilities. Your pup will feel useful working up an appetite. You will want some paddings under the pack. A good comfortable fit is important. A collapsible dog bowl is convenient to take with you when its feeding time. Don’t forget to outfit your dog with a Cinch-It waterproof dog collar for the trip especially if you plan on spending time by the water.

If you wish to do something special, treat your pet at Camp Run-A-Mutt (3265 India St, San Diego) which is situated about 2 miles north of downtown San Diego. The outdoor area with turf, waterfall and pond is great! Your dog will have lots of fun in a fully-supervised, safe and cage free environment, and will be tired but happy to see you after you have been gone all day sightseeing.

Have fun on your winter escape traveling with your super pet! With some careful planning, it will be a win-win proposition. Take lots of photos, and bring back lovely memories. For more info about pet gear, please visit these links: dog collarspet dog

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